Diane Sontum is passionate about bringing capital to America’s rural communities—the vision behind The Local Crowd crowdfunding platform. She currently serves as co-founder and CEO and is dedicated to turning the platform into a locally owned and managed cooperative. Her background includes 25 years in economic and community development. She was the executive director of the Wyoming Smart Capital Network and served 17 years as State Director of the Wyoming Small Business Development Center. She holds BA, MA and D.Min degrees.